(CBS) — A promising young woman was hit and killed by a stray bullet while she sat in her car.
As the search for her killer continues, her grieving family and friends are making sure her legacy lives on.READ MORE: All City-Run Mass Vaccination Sites In Chicago To Open For Walk-Ins Starting Friday As Supply Catches Up To Demand
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Aaren O’Connor moved to Chicago from San Diego more than a year ago for a new job and to be closer to her boyfriend.
Her father says he was fearful something bad might happen to her. Friday night, his worst fear came true.
David O’Connor talked with his daughter, who complained of a pain in her head.
“I didn’t realize at the time but I was just having the last conversation with my daughter,” he says.READ MORE: 1,250 New COVID-19 Cases In Indiana Thursday
Neither he nor Aaren knew she had been shot in the head while sitting in her car outside her Pilsen apartment. The father only found out what happened after reaching Aaren’s boyfriend, who called her roommate to check on her.
The roommate found Aaren unresponsive in her car. She was rushed to the hospital but died Sunday.
“She was an amazing girl,” her father says.
She continues to amaze her father, who just found out she was an organ donor.
Another way Aaren will continue to give back for years to come is through a GoFundMe page established by her co-workers. The money raised will be used to help at-risk youth in Chicago and to fund a scholarship in Aaren’s memory.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Illinois: New Coronavirus Cases Down Over The Past Week, But Hospitalizations Still Climbing
“It gives her life meaning, and I so appreciate it,” David O’Connor says.